Reading the Bible Together

2 Feb

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Author, Poet and ArtistA few weeks ago our two adult Sunday School teachers sort of retired. After twenty years of teaching, it was time for something new. Our pastor’s wife said we were all saturated in the Bible, and it was true. At first we just talked, but to me it seemed we were saying the same things over and over. They were the best things you could say, full of faith and hope, but still…

Bill and I recalled a time when we were in a Bible study where we all sat in a circle and read the Bible aloud in segments – the reader might make comments. Anyone could comment. Nearly the whole church attended that study. It was a very small church; we turned on porch lights and read on porches or read in living rooms. We all loved it. One time when we were at our house it suddenly grew cold and not wanting to re-locate everybody I ran into the house and found sixteen sweaters for the men and women who had come.

The idea to read with the present group was one of those out of the blue ideas that just seemed right. When I presented it to the group, though, (there are six regulars) there didn’t seem to be much interest. I missed the following week because of a bad cold, but Bill said they wanted to discuss it after all. After quite a bit of discussion, they decided to begin with the book of Acts. Today was our first time of reading together. Most of us had read the introduction and the first chapter and were ready with comments. Bill said he’d read first, but Norma asked if she could share something first. I was astonished when she read, from the introduction, and I recognized the exact word she was reading. Here’s why: I chose to bring my J. B. Phillips New Testament translation. I have loved it since I first bought it (on Bill’s dad’s recommendation) in 1962. I had covered it several times, and although I had not thought about it for a while, I wanted to share the oh-so accessible translation with my friends. Strangely that was the same book Norma had chosen to bring as well. We have a lot of translations among us. I was so pleased that God was directing with what we sometimes think of as coincidences.


Anyhow, there were many such serendipities as we read and discussed. We all felt the ministrations of the Holy Spirit among us as we received new information, revelation and insight.

You probably already know this; I don’t know how I missed it all these years, but Dr. Luke, who wrote the gospel, also wrote The Acts of the Apostles. Apparently he was present for the experiences of Acts and took notes. Dr. Phillips said he might have planned a third book as well. I can’t wait to hear what else God has to share with us as we go along. The unity is so beautiful; we have no argument and no disagreement, just the sweet, sweet spirit.



“My dear Theophilus,

In my first book, I gave you some account of all that Jesus began to do and teach until the time of his ascension…” The Acts of the Apostles, chapter 1 verse 1.

One Response to “Reading the Bible Together”

  1. Louise Gibson February 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    A great read, DuVoran. It has been ages since I attended a church based Bible study. For varuous reasons they all stoppe3d. Very disconcerting, but I have my own personal times of devotion…star out each day that way.


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